Reynold dela Cruz
Themes contained in Dela Cruz’ work are paired opposites like life and death, presence and absence, seen and unseen, certainty and doubt, itshow the artist’s understanding of life in many directly opposite and relative views. It is within the binaries that he ably works in a language of forms, colors and figures that can be capable of succinctly expressing simple yet poetically complex images. Some of his compositions may come flighty and comical but they always turn the grim suggestions and dark inflections of reality.
To him art is a celebration of conflict and personal triumphs and to be able to aestheticize his past and present. Given all these complex themes and free floating anxieties and concerns, it is interesting that he ably elucidates them with humor, absurdity and irony. What language and the written word limit us to say that Dela Cruz utters them in magnified imagination, truthfulness a several times more.
Exhibited in ABN Amro House, Penang, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok,Thailand, Earl Lu Gallery La Salle SIA College, Singapore,
Hanoi Opera House, Hanoi, Vietnam, Jogja National Museum in Indonesia. He had solo & group exhibitions in the Philippines.
2007 - Honorable Mention in the Vermont Asian Freeman Artist Fellowship USA.
2004- Honorable Mention in the Vermont Asian Freeman Artist Fellowship USA.
2001- FINALIST, Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards.
1999 - Jurors’ Choice, Letra y Figuras held by Instituto Cervantes.
1998- Top Five winners in the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards.
1998- Finalist and Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Art Awards in Hanoi Opera house, Vietnam.
1997- Honorable Mention in the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards.
1995- Jurors’ Choice in Art Association of the Philippines Annual Art Competition.